Thursday, November 06, 2014

Six Bouchercons, plus what I'll do at a seventh

 Relaxation after the convention.
Shamus Awards dinner, Albany,
N.Y.,  2013. I left the gun. I took
a picture of the 
cannoli. 
Cant't talk. Got to go. Busy preparing for Bouchercon.

Wandering bridesmaids,
Indianapolis, 2009.
I arrive in Long Beach Wednesday evening, and I'll moderate two panels this year, both on Friday. At 11:30 a.m.. it's "Belfast Noir: Stories of Mayhem and Murder from Northern Ireland," and then, after I eat a modest but nutritious lunch and brush my teeth, I'll be back at 3 p.m. with "Beyond Hammett, Chandler, and Spillane: Lesser Known Writers of the Pulp and Paperback Eras."

In the meantime, here's an idea of what Bouchercons are like. See you in Long Beach.
Straggling to the annual festive
post-Bouchercon dinner, St.
Louis, 2011.

Waitress guest of
honor, Albany, 2013.

Bouchercon 2009, where I
had so much fun hanging with
smokers from many lands
that I wanted to start
smoking. Never too late,
I figure.
San Francisco, 2010.
Looking up in Cleveland, 2012.
Festive dinner after my first Bouchercon, Baltimore, 2008.

My peeps: From left, Ali Karim, R.J. Ellory, your humble blog keeper, Albany, 2013.
The view from my Albany hotel, 2013.
© Peter Rozovsky 2014

19 Comments:

Blogger seana graham said...

Peter, you're making me think I'm not going to be able to keep up the pace.

November 06, 2014  
Blogger RT said...

Knock 'em dead!

November 06, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Seana's, that's what work is for. It's a place to recover from conventions. This year is a test, though. I don't think I've ever attended two conventions so close together. But life is about meeting challenges.

November 06, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, RT. This is my favorite time of year.

November 06, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

As a matter of fact, I'm so antsy with the lull between Noircon and Bouchercon that I'm going to New York tomorrow for the U.S. launch of Belfast Noir.

November 06, 2014  
Blogger RT said...

Tip a few Harp's while you are there.

November 06, 2014  
Blogger seana graham said...

By the way, I just finished Sleep With Strangers yesterday and I loved it. I wish everyone could read it before heading to Long Beach just to steep in the history a little. Thanks for the heads up.

November 06, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I plan to mention some of the book's Long Beach references and descriptions. Dorpthy B. Hughes also invokes Long Beach, as does, on our own time, Gary Phillips, who will also be part of one of my panels, not to mention Paul Cain in Fast One.

November 06, 2014  
Blogger seana graham said...

Hitchens reminds me a fair bit of Hughes, although I'm remembering more Southwestern settings with her--it's been a long time since I read most of them. I haven't read Phillips yet.

November 06, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I think they're both pretty high on Sarah Weinman's list. The Weinman-edited collection pictured at lower left in the photo above includes a story by Hughes, and I think the volumes Sarah is editing for the Library of America may include one of Hitchens' novels.

November 06, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Sarah also got me reading Helen Nielsen, who is included in the story collection.

November 06, 2014  
Blogger seana graham said...

I think I've heard Neilsen's name, but I don't think I've read her.

November 06, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I read Obit Delayed and was impressed. She'll be high on my post-Bouchercon reading list.

November 06, 2014  
Blogger seana graham said...

Yes, pre-Bouchercon and post-Bouchercon has been a little hard for me to determine lately, but I'm particularly glad I read the Hitchens.

November 06, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Time is divided into Bouchercon and inter-Bouchercon, except in even-numbered years, which include Noircon. Did you pick up Hitchens because of Bouchercon and the Long Beach connection?

November 06, 2014  
Blogger seana graham said...

Well, I became interested in Signal Hill a couple of years ago when my sister pointed out that we had a tiny oil lease there. And then your mention of it plus the fact that I would be visiting Long Beach specifically rather than just viewing it as a part of the greater L.A. sprawl made the book especially intriguing.

November 06, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Signal Hill...Chandler...It all comes together. Makes one wonder why no Bouchercon has been held in Long Beach until now. At least, i think this is the first.

November 06, 2014  
Blogger Ali Karim said...

....lurve it and the Recollections of True Detective Peter Rozovsky because I remember you well, from that Chelsea Hotel, and looking forward to hooking up with the crazy Canadian cop, ex-RCMP and now with the Philly PD, and in charge of their Canine Unit, sniffer dogs and cat mysteries - but in his spare time, he's a noir guy and does a wonderful impersonation of Dr Strangebiff

November 08, 2014  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

The Chelsea Hotel does not officially exist, but we know better.

November 08, 2014  

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